Plainsboro, NJ
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Plainsboro is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 23,621 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Plainsboro is the 84th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Plainsboro are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Plainsboro is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plainsboro is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plainsboro who work in management occupations (18.17%), computer science and math (18.16%), and office and administrative support (10.14%).

Also of interest is that Plainsboro has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Plainsboro’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

In Plainsboro, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.79 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Plainsboro use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Plainsboro‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Plainsboro. 72.89% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Plainsboro in 2010 was $49,840, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $199,360 for a family of four.

Plainsboro is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Plainsboro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Plainsboro residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Plainsboro include German, Italian, Polish, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Plainsboro's cultural character, accounting for 46.41% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Plainsboro is English. Other important languages spoken here include Other Asian languages and Chinese.